A strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck between the island nations of Jamaica and Cuba on Tuesday, and it was felt as far away as Miami.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the tremor hit about 75 miles north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica. The agency said it had a depth of 10 kilometers.People as far away as Florida reported that they could feel the earthquake.

The National Weather Service said there is โ€œno tsunami threat for the Gulf of Mexico or the eastern United States from the 7.7 earthquake in the Caribbean.โ€
It is unlikely the Cayman Islands will be impacted by a damaging tsunami. There is now very low risk. Information from the Tsunami Warning Center indicates the first wave would have already passed the Cayman Islands.

The main threat now relates to the possibility of aftershocks,โ€ย the Hazard Management Cayman Islands government agency alsoย said in a statement minutes after it issued a tsunami alert. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

The quake was felt in Santiago in far-eastern Cuba, a local told The Associated Press. โ€œWe were all sitting and we felt the chairs move,โ€ she said.

โ€œWe heard the noise of everything moving around. โ€œIt felt very strong but it doesnโ€™t look like anything happened,โ€ she told AP. In the Cayman Islands, AP reported that roads cracked and sewage spilled from pipes.
In 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people while causing significant damage to Port-au-Prince, the capital city. And earlier this month, a significant earthquake hit Puerto Rico, causing injuries and serious property damage.

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